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Saturday, September 22, 2012

2012 Targa Newfoundland Official Start

2012 Targa Newfoundland start
by Kate Tompkins

I’ve finally got caught up with my day job and had a chance to edit the video I shot of the official start to this year’s Targa Newfoundland on September 9. It was a perfect day for driving and there was a good crowd out to cheer on each of the teams as they crossed the start line and headed off for the three prologue stages. The prologue stages, held in nearby Flatrock and Torbay, were meant as shake-downs for the real thing, which started on the Monday.

While the weather was perfect, the behaviour of my video camera was not, as it kept cutting out on me. Fortunately, my still camera also shoots video, though with less resolution and no sound. You’ll have to imagine the roar of the motors and the squeal of tires as the teams took off, because they were definitely putting on a show for their fans. I did get footage of most of the cars, and thanks to the video editing software of YouTube, my old camera did a fair job.

You can catch the classic Mustang at around 6:16 of the video, and at 9:12, one of the cars comes through for a second time. Not a good sign if they got lost that quickly. And yes, there really were that many Porsches.

Next on my agenda is the official finish. No problems with the video camera that day, so there will be sound and good resolution.

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